Besides the series I’m anxiously awaiting the continuation of, I’ve also found some promising titles that I’d like to get my hands on one way or another.
The Erl-king by Hayden Thorne
Baltasar grows up in a world of absolutes, of black and white, right and wrong. Just as his brothers and sisters who went before him, the boy is groomed to follow only one road, at the end of which is a life no different from his parents’ and grandparents’. His parents’ strict teachings and the naïveté that results, however, render him ignored and friendless, and Baltasar spends much time alone.
During one of his solitary wanderings in the countryside, he stumbles across an enchanted land and its melancholy, ageless ruler — a land full of color and magic, and a bond that defies everything he’s always known about the world. But what’s unusual, tempting, and exciting doesn’t always lead to a clearer path, and Baltasar is forced to choose between two wildly diverging worlds, with each exacting a high price.
“Erl-King” is a retelling of Goethe’s ballad by the same title.
The Erl-king by Michel Tournier
THIS TITLE IS ALSO KNOWN BY ANOTHER NAME CALLED THE OGRE. I BELIEVE THEY ARE THE SAME BOOK.
An international bestseller and winner of the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, The Ogre is a masterful tale of innocence, perversion, and obsession. It follows the passage of strange, gentle Abel Tiffauges from submissive schoolboy to “ogre” of the Nazi school at the castle of Kaltenborn, taking us deeper into the dark heart of fascism than any novel since The Tin Drum. Until the very last page, when Abel meets his mystic fate in the collapsing ruins of the Third Reich, it shocks us, dazzles us, and above all holds us spellbound.
I know, I know. What’s with the double titles? Well, I was looking for the one by Thorne and ended up also hearing about this apparently super-disturbing, horror-esque one by Tournier. Sounded like a good two-for-one deal there so, hopefully they’ll both turn out to be keepers. :3
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Евгений Замятин; (translator) Clarence Brown
In the One State of the great Benefactor, there are no individuals, only numbers. Life is an ongoing process of mathematical precision, a perfectly balanced equation. Primitive passions and instincts have been subdued. Even nature has been defeated, banished behind the Green Wall. But one frontier remains: outer space. Now, with the creation of the spaceshipIntegral, that frontier — and whatever alien species are to be found there — will be subjugated to the beneficent yoke of reason.
One number, D-503, chief architect of the Integral, decides to record his thoughts in the final days before the launch for the benefit of less advanced societies. But a chance meeting with the beautiful I-330 results in an unexpected discovery that threatens everything D-503 believes about himself and the One State. The discovery — or rediscovery — of innerspace…and that disease the ancients called the soul.
A page-turning SF adventure, a masterpiece of wit and black humor that accurately predicted the horrors of Stalinism, We is the classic dystopian novel. Its message of hope and warning is as timely at the end of the twentieth century as it was at the beginning.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.
In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.
That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.
First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.
Sand Omnibus (Sand #1-5) by Hugh Howey
The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four siblings find themselves scattered and lost.
Palmer has never been the same since his father walked out twelve years ago. His elder sister, Vic, is trying to run away from the past; his younger brothers, Connor and Rob, are risking their lives to embrace it. His mother, left with nothing but anger, is just trying to forget.
Palmer wants to prove his worth, not only to his family, but to himself. And in the barren, dune-covered landscape of his home, there is only one way to earn respect: sand-diving. Plunging deep below the desert floor in search of relics and scraps of the old world. He is about to embark on the most dangerous dive of his young life, aiming to become the first to discover the rumoured city below.
Deep within the sand lies the key to bringing his family together – and tearing their world apart.
- Duocarns – Die drei Könige by Pat McCraw**
- Duocarns – Ewige Liebe by Pat McCraw**
- Duocarns – Liebe hat Klauen by Pat McCraw**
- Duocarns – Adam der Ägypter by Pat McCraw**
- Duocarns – David & Tervenarius by Pat McCraw**
- Transformation by Rab Fulton
- Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
- The Táin by Ciaran Carson (translator)**
- The Sea Wolf by Jack London**
- Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn**
- The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore by W.B. Yeats**
- Treasury of Irish Myth, Legend & Folklore by W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory
- Ozark Magic and Folklore by Vance Randolph
- The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas by John Matthews**
- Folklore (Salt Modern Poets) by Tim Atkins
- The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson, Jesse Byock (Introduction and Notes)**
- The Forest in Folklore and Mythology by Alexander Porteous**
- Water Spirits (The Enchanted World) by Time-Life Books
- The Sagas of Icelanders by Jane Smiley (Preface), Robert Kellogg (Introduction), Katrina C. Attwood (Contributor), George Clark (Contributor), Anthony Maxwell (Contributor), Bernard Scudder (Translator), Andrew Wawn (Contributor), Keneva Kunz (Contributor) , more…**
- Golem by David Wisniewski
- Mythology of the British Isles by Geoffrey Ashe
- The Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot, Anonymous, Keith Bosley (Translator)
- Favorite Folktales from Around the World (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library) by Jane Yolen**
- Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (Colección “Librinos”) by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
- Mermaid Tales from Around the World by Mary Pope Osborne, Troy Howell (Illustrator)**
- Myths and Legends of All Nations by Herbert Spencer Robinson, Knox Wilson (HOPING TO CHECK THIS OUT @ LIBRARY)
- Myths And Legends Of All Nations by Logan Marshall (HOPING TO CHECK THIS OUT @ LIBRARY)
- Fantasy Stories compiled by Diana Wynne Jones, Robin Lawrie (Illustrator)**
- The Secret History of Mermaids and Creatures of the Deep (The Secret Histories) by Ari Berk**
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